The recent flash flooding in West Virginia made me grateful that while we were at the New River Festival, we only had to deal with occasional rain. We may have complained about the inconvenience (if not out loud, we were complaining on the inside), but we didn't lose our homes, our loved ones or have to deal with the immense loss of property and/or livelihood that residents of six West Virginia counties are now dealing with.
The Washington Post said "Mingo County was hardest hit by flooding, after downpours dumped several inches of rain Friday and Saturday. It had about 300 structures destroyed, 1,000 with major damage and 2,000 with minor damage. Wyoming County had 150 structures with major damage. Boone, Logan, McDowell and Raleigh counties were also under the state of emergency."
The New River festival was held in adjacent Fayette county. I was lucky to have met such wonderful people, spent time with such beautiful birds and visited such a magnificent place. Now my thoughts and prayers are with the residents of West Virginia as they struggle to recover from this flood.
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